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2018 Tapia Conference

Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science and Diversifying Computing

The Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science and Diversifying Computing is awarded yearly to an individual who demonstrates significant leadership, commitment and contributions to diversifying computing.

The 2018 recipient of the Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award is Dr. Ayanna Howard, the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Howard has been a leading innovator and researcher in the fields of robotics, computer vision, and artificial intelligence. Applications of her work have included the development of assistive robots in the home, therapy gaming apps and remote exploration of extreme environments. Throughout her career she has focused on bringing girls, underrepresented minorities, and people with disabilities into computing through programs related to robotics. Dr. Howard’s focus on engaging people with disabilities resulted in the creation of Zyrobotics, LLC., which provides inclusive mobile technologies that make learning accessible.

Previous Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award Recipients

2001: Bryant York
2003: Carlo Castillo Chavez
2005: Valerie Taylor
2007: Peter Freeman
2009: Ann Gates
2011: William Wulf
2013: Juan Gilbert
2014: Jan Cuny
2015: Richard Ladner
2016: David Patterson
2017: Manuel Pérez Quiñones